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Despite no UFC or Bellator, this weekend is a loaded one for combat sports.


It seems as if every single week, the UFC and/or Bellator are having an MMA event on tv. Apparently, that is not the case this time around.

The UFC is taking a rare break, preparing for two fairly decent fight cards next Saturday, while Bellator won't have another card until July 25. However, that doesn't mean that combat sports fans don't have a way to quench their thirst.

For MMA fans, there is Legacy FC 32 tonight. The card takes place just one week after the promotion's latest event, and while it's not as loaded as last weekend's Legacy 31 card, which boasted rising star Bubba Bush and former UFC/WEC bantamweight turned flyweight Damacio Page, the card should still be a fun one. The fact that most of the fighters on the card have never gone the distance is what may make this a truly great card.

The main event feature's the bantamweight championship that was vacated by Matt Hobar, who was called up to the UFC recently. The man who was supposed to challenge him, Thomas Almeida, will be fighting Caio Machado for the vacant title. This is after Aaron Phillips got injured, and Machado got the chance.

Almeida (16-0) is an undefeated knockout artist, having won 12 fights in that manner, while his other four have come via submission. In other words, he is a dominant finisher through and through who, with a win tonight, could find himself in the UFC soon. His opponent, Caio Machado, is also undefeated. This bout could produce fireworks.

In the evening's co-main event, a pair of finishing, experienced lightweights take the stage. Derrick Krants (14-8) has only gone to decision twice, while Kyle Bradley (18-9, 1NC), a former UFC fighter, has only gone to decision three times. Ladies and gentlemen, that is 50 combined fights, with 45 of them finishing early! This one should be a burner!

Flyweight Klayton Mai (5-1) is another fighter who hasn't gone to decision before, and he will face Matt Schnell. Middleweight Quentin Henry (7-2) is yet another fighter who has never gone the distance, and he will face off against Nicholas Jackson.

All of these fights, and two more before them, will take place on AXS TV tonight at 10/9pm central.

If that's not enough to satiate your MMA craving, how about Saturday night's WSOF 10 card?

Ladies and gentlemen, this card is fully loaded. Granted, rising stars such as Justin Gaethje, Nick Newell, JZ Cavalcante, and Marlon Moraes aren't there, nor are known veterans like Jon Fitch, Jake Shields, Matt Hamill, Rousimar Palhares, or former WSOF fighters that are well known, but this is still a loaded card.

Three championship fights will take place on the card, headlined by the Inaugural Middleweight Championship match between Ultimate Fighter Season 2 contestant Jesse Taylor and former UFC and Bellator fighter David Branch.

Branch (13-3) fought four times in the UFC, and is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Meanwhile, Jesse Taylor (27-9) is a wrestler with 14 submission victories. Taylor should've been fighting in the TUF 2 Finale, but his infamous limousine incident resulted in his removal.

In the co-main event, Featherweight Champion Georgi Karakhanyan (23-3-1) will look to attain his first title defense, as well as his ninth consecutive victory, against Rick Glenn. A black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karakhanyan has 13 submission wins under his belt. His opponent, Rick Glenn (14-2-1) has 12 finishes of his own, so anything can happen in this one.

The third championship fight, which will also be the first one to air on the card, will be the Women's Strawweight title bout. Champion Jessica Aguilar (17-4), arguably the greatest strawweight fighter in women's MMA history after Megumi Fujii, has won eight straight fights, including two over the great Fujii, former Invicta Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza, and Lisa Ellis.

Her opponent, former Kickboxer Emi Fujino (13-7), has had a lot of experience herself. She has six submission victories, and has fought the likes of Fujii, Mizuki Inoue, Mei Yamaguchi, and Mika Nagano. While Aguilar definitely has the upper hand, this will be no easy title defense.

Also on the card will be former UFC star Tyson Griffin against PRIDE veteran and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Luis Firmino, a bout featuring former featherweight title challenger Lance Palmer, and a heavyweight bout between Ray Sefo beater Dave Huckaba and Derrick Mehmen.

All of these fights can be seen on nbcsports.com, with the prelims airing at 6/5pm central, and the main card beginning at 9/8pm central. the main card can be seen on NBC Sports on tv, as well.

If you're not a big MMA fan, or if you want to see more combat sports, some nice boxing will be going down tonight, featuring a bout between Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 2NC, 18 KOs) and Yoshihiro Kamegai. Former Light Heavyweight Champion Chad Dawson will face George Blades, and Olympic Medalist Vasyl Lomachenko will fight Gary Russell Jr. for the vacant WBO Featherweight Title.

The card will air on Showtime at 10/9pm central.

If Kickboxing is more your thing, may I suggest Glory 17? The card is fully loaded, from top to bottom.

On pay-per-view, the Middleweight Tournament and championship will take place. In the eight man tournament, the opening match will feature MMA legend Melvin Manhoef (37-11, 27 KO in Kickboxing, 28-11-1, 1NC in MMA) will face Filip_Verlinden (42-11-1, 16 KO). In the second fight, Wayne Barrett (4-0, 3 KO) will take on Bogdan Stoica (38-5, 29 KO). After that, former MMA fighter and boxer Joe Schilling (15-6, 10 KO) will take on the undefeated Simon Marcus (39-0-1, 24 KO). The final Middleweight Quarterfinal bout will feature Muai Thay champion Artem Levin (47-4-1, 33 KO) against never finished Alex Pereira (30-4, 21 KO).

The winners of those fights will face off in the semifinals, and the championship will be the co-main event of the evening. Before that championship, the Welterweight Championship between champion Marc de Bonte (87-11-1, 28 KO) and Second degree Taekwondo black belt Joseph Valtellini (11-2, 10 KO) will take place. In the main event, Daniel Ghita (50-10, 39 KO) and Rico Verhoeven (43-7-1, 8 KO) will face off in the GLORY Heavyweight Championship.

If for some reason you are hesitating on whether or not to spend $34.99 on the PPV, at least try and check out the prelims first. Airing on Spike TV at 8/7 central, five fights will take place. Included in the prelims is a bout starring Andy Ristie. Ristie (44-4-1, 23 KO), is best known for being the man who kncoked out perhaps the greatest kickbxer ever, Giorgio Petrosyan. He will take on former mixed martial artist Ky Hollenbeck (46-3-1, 8 KO, 5-1 MMA).

Along with the Featherweight semifinals, the prelims will also feature the legendary Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic ( 22-8, 12 KO in kickboxing, 28-11-2, 1NC in MMA), who made a name for himself in both Kickboxing and MMA. He will be in a grudge match against Jarrell Miller (21-1, 9 KO), whom he beat in extremely controversial decision.

So, there you go. Despite the UFC's and Bellator's absence, this weekend is loaded with excellent combat sport action. In other words, it is still a combat sport's dream. Enjoy!

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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